Sometimes it feels like it’s me against the world, but a very wise person recently reminded me that even in my darkest hours I have one thing that remains constant and unwavering; me. She explained how my inner strength and ability to move past obstacles is continually motivation to her. Now, I don’t know about all that, but sometimes it helps to be reminded that the true battle lies within yourself.
Every morning you have the opportunity to wake up and conquer the day, or let it conquer you. The good, the bad and the ugly are all things that may be out of your control. What you can control is how you approach and react to each situation.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s easy succumb to the notion that you’re the world’s personal punching bag; an ongoing practical joke; to play victim. It is much more difficult to take ownership of your life and not let it break you.
The rugs been pulled from beneath me
I received some rather terrifying news earlier this week that undoubtedly set my dial to panic mode.
The career I worked so diligently to steer back on track is once again in jeopardy, and the circumstances are out of my control. A deep feeling of nausea settled in. Frantically, I immediately turned to job boards to see what my options may be. I skedaddled from work early to head to the gym. A good friend of mine met me for a workout; the perfect remedy for any stressful situation. You might remember this lady from earlier; she is that very wise person I mentioned.
As I stood there with tears in my eyes, I explained how I’d just became an insider on the inside scoop. “I feel like someone up there is laughing at me. Every time I get up, I am pushed right back down.” It was a moment of defeat.
Just when I needed it most, the wise Mira Weisenthal gave me a gentle push, reminding me of who I am and what I am capable of. [Side note: Mira is also the brilliant gifter who bought me that fancy ME vs ME & I CHOOSE STRENGTH bracelet this past Christmas.]
Wandering up the stairs to the gym floor, Mira and I went about our workout. We both accomplished personal records on our bench press that day. Before we said farewell, she looked at me and drove her point home. “A little over an hour ago, you were frustrated, upset and it seemed like the world was ending. But, as always, you dug deep, processed what was happening and kept moving forward.”
ME vs ME
Its that simple. I can either be my own best ally or worst enemy. So I have learned to stop blaming the bad stuff on someone else or some poor circumstance, because it is in the darkest moments where we show our true strength. Do I stand tall or crumble? I decide. I choose to keep standing.
While the true battle is about your choices, remember not to shy away from friendly reminders like Mira’s. A true friend often knows us better than we know ourselves. It is okay to accept help. After All, you’re not on your own. You are however the only person who can decide how to live your life. Make the right choices for you.